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H> Profile: Libby 
O'Connor, page 6 

H/ Appointments, 
page 15 

Community News for Sheffield & Ashley Falls, MA SECOND GENERATION Vol. XII, Issue I September/Octob er 20 1 2 


For more than 10 years, the end of sum- 
mer in Sheffield has meant great corn, oc- 
casional torrential downpours and the 
Sheffield Fair, held on the Saturday after 
Labor Day weekend. 

The 12 th annual Fair this year coin- 
cides with the Sheffield Friendly Union's 
125 th anniversary celebration of Dewey 
Memorial Hall. Both events are under the 
"Sheffield in Celebration" umbrella. 

Sheffield in Celebration was founded by 
the Sheffield Association, publisher of the 

Sheffield Times, in 2001 as a way to con- 
nect people and businesses in the com- 
munity and celebrate our town. 

The Sheffield Fair 

This year's fair is on Sat., Sept. 8, from 
noon to 5pm at the Town Park on Miller 
Ave. Admission is free. 

A real country fair, it includes show- 
manship and fitting competitions for cat- 
tle, horses and poultry. There will also be 
other animals for fairgoers to enjoy. 


The Sheffield Business Association's new information kiosk has now been installed next 
to the Village on the Green Restaurant in the center of town. The structure was built by 
students at Mt. Everett High School. When it's finished, it will house member brochures 
and other information as well as two community bulletin boards for public notices. 

In this issue 

Music & More, McGarry party 2 

Dewey Hall pie contest 3 

Sheffield's lime kilns, church auction 4 

Farmers' market, folk music, art show 5 

Libby O'Connor profile, Barnards talk 6 

Ukuleles in Sheffield 8 

Library News | o 

Church news 1 2 

Senior Ctr. Friends, Good Samaritan benefit 1 3 

Village Green 

Board of Selectmen minutes 14 

Town appointments, recycling 1 5 

Town Clerk, Disabilities, Planning Board 1 6 

Conservation Comm., Cultural Council 1 7 

The 4th Annual apple pie contest is 
sponsored by King Arthur Flour, which 
provides prizes in three age categories 
and a prize for best in show. See the entry 
coupon and rules on page 3. 

The Old Parish quilters have been 
busy and will auction off their beautiful 
creation (see page 3). It's the 20 th annual 
raffle to benefit the church. 

Local craftspeople, organizations and 
community groups, including the Town of 
Sheffield, will have tables to dispense in- 
formation and sell their wares. 

The food court will include local pro- 
duce and baked goods for sale. And the 
popular Historical Society salad bar will 
be back, with more than 25 salads to 
choose from! The Kiwanis will be back 
with their hot dogs and hamburgers, and 
there will be ice cream and fair food too. 

Activities for kids will include face- 
painting, hay rides and lots more! 

New this year, is a unique bike ride — 
"Ride & Rhyme"— it starts at 12:30, for 
the first 15 people who sign up. The eight- 
mile ride will take a fairly flat route. This 
chance to see Sheffield's backroads and 
learn about the town is suitable for adults 
and older kids and will last about an hour. 

All through the Fair, local and regional 
talent will play family-friendly music. The 
music is being produced by Tom Ingersoll. 

Dewey Hall anniversary Celebration 

The Dewey Hall festivities start at 
7:30pm with a tree planting and cake 
and then music feature Kip Beacco and 

Continued on pave 3 

Organizations & Businesses 

New antique store 


Cobble news & events. Scouts 


Kiwanis, Harvest Brunch 


Land Trust 


Real estate transfers & fire log 


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Community Newsletter for 
Sheffield & Ashley Falls, MA 

Editors: Kathy Orlando & Andrea Scott 

Layout: Andrea Scott 

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Sheffield, MA 01257 

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Working since 2001 to foster communication 

imong the people, businesses and organizations 

of Sheffield and Ashley Falls. 

Photo credits: Kathy Orlando, page 1, 2. Keith 
Ives, 3. Marion Whitman, 3. Fred llarwood, 4. 
O'Connor family, 7. Judity Schumer, 8, 18. Andrea 
Scott, 11, 21. John Wightman, 12. 

The 21 st season of Music 8C More is 
underway in New Marlborough. Events 
take place at 4:30 at the Meeting House 
on the New Marlborough Green. Music 
tickets are $25 ($20 for members of the 
New Marlborough Village Association). 
Tickets can be reserved at the website 
(, by phone at 
229-2785, or purchased at the door. 

The internationally acclaimed Dae- 
dalus Quartet appears on Sept. 8. The 
Boston Classical Trio will makes its 
Berkshire debut on Sept. 15, preceded by 
a free pre-concert talk at 4 p.m. On Sept. 
22 pianist Robert Levin and violinist 
Daniel Stepner play Johannes Brahms 

and Levin will perform a selection of 
piano music by Mendelssohn. A free pre- 
concert talk begins at 3:30. 

On Sept. 29, the acclaimed Latin-jazz 
vocalist and composer Maria Rivas joins 
clarinetist Paul Green and the Jewish 
Jazz Project Ensemble for a collaboration 
of jazz, Latin, Klezmer and Sephardic 
music followed by a wine tasting, hosted 
by Domaney's of Great Barrington in the 
Art Gallery. 

The Festival concludes on Oct. 6 with 
Liza Mundy (The Richer Sex), Andrew 
Nagorski (Hitlerland) and Peter Cameron 
(Coral Glynn) discussing their work. 
Tickets to this event are $10 and $15. 

Police Chief's party. 

Jim McGarry, Sheffield's 
P retiring police chief, was 
honored at a town party 
on July 28. The Board of 
Selectmen — Julie Hannum, 
David Smith, Jr., Rene 
Wood — presented Jim with 
a placque and certificate 
of appreciation for his 45 
years of service, among 

honors from the Fire 
Dept., State Senator 
Ben Downing, State 
Representative Smitty 
Pignatelli, US Sena- 
tor Brown's office and 
others. Below: Jim 
and the whole police 
department. Acting 
Police Chief Eric 
Munson is standing 
to Jim's right . 




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The second annual "People's Choice Anything Goes" Pie Contest 
will be held at Dewey Memorial Hall in downtown Sheffield on 
Sun., Oct. 7. The pies can be sweet or savory.AII pies must be in 
place by noon. Judging will begin at 3pm. 

The contest follows on the contest held at the Sheffield Fair. 
That contest is for apple pies only. King Arthur Flour is the spon- 
sor of both contests. 

Dewey Hall's contest is a fundraiser for the Sheffield Friendly 
Union, stewards of the hall. All pie lovers are invited, with an 
entry fee of $5. People will receive ballots at the door to vote 
for up to five different pies.The pie receiving the most votes wins. 

First prize is a $75 gift certificate. Second and third place winners will get 
certificates for $50 and $25, respectively. 

After the prizes are awarded, everyone is welcome to eat more pie or buy 
pies to bring home. 

Last year, 35 pies were baked for the Dewey Hall contest. Savory entries 
included a spaghetti pie, a tomato pie, a shepherd's pie, a Canadian meat pie and 
three vegan pies. Dessert pies accounted for most of the entries.They included 
plum, lemon meringue, apple, pumpkin, berry, cherry, various cream pies and a big 
chocolate chip cookie in the shape of a pie — Ken Terry 


The 20™ annual raffle quilt by the 
quilters at Old Parish is a queen-size 
handquilted beauty based on the 
traditional "Snowball pattern". This 
version has 168 colored balls and has 
been named "Gum Balls". The colorful 
quilt is reversible with a quiet creamy 
side that really shows the hand quilting. 
Quilters Sandra Alden, Teddi Batac- 
chi, Marcia Brolli, Dor Caul, Jo Elling, 
Anne Hyatt, Marion Whitman and 
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FAIR, from page 7 

the Lucky Five playing "swingin jazz" in 
the tradition of 1920s, 30s and 40s jazz. 

This concert kicks off the 2012-2013 
season of the Dewey Hall Folk Series 
(see page 5 for more). It's the sixth sea- 
son for the popular concerts, which fea- 
ture regional favorites and artists with 
national followings. 

Dewey Hall is named for Orville 
Dewey, a Unitarian minister and au- 
thor born in Sheffield in 1794. After he 
retired in 1862, he devoted himself to 
community projects, one of which was 
founding the Sheffield Friendly Union 
Library Association to "increase good 
and kindly feelings and to promote intel- 
ligence and cheerfulness". After his death 
in 1882, his friends raised money to 
build the hall as a home for the Friendly 
Union Association. 


For more about the Fair, the Show- 
manship & Fitting Competition or to 
inquire about vendor and exhibitor 
space, contact Kathy Orlando at 
and see coupon below. For the Food 
Court, contact Barb Davidson at 
229-809 1 . For the Apple Pie Contest, 
contact Jennifer Gaenzle Smith at 
413-329-6580 or email to Jennifer© and see coupon below. 


Pies must arrive by 12 noon forjudging by 3pm. 

Pies must be in a non-returnable pan, wrapped in a 
clear plastic bag, with a written list of ingredients. No 
food mixes. 

Pies will be judged on appearance, aroma, flakiness 
of crust and taste, judges' decisions are final. 

To register, mail coupon to: Jennifer Gaenzle Smith, 
RQ Box 625, Sheffield, MA 1 257 
Questions? Call Jennifer at 4 1 3-329-6580 
or email her at 


□ Junior (ages 1 7 or younger) □ Adult ( 1 8 to 59) □ Senior (60 and up) 






Limited tables and tents available on a first-come, first- 
serve basis to those who register in advance. 
Call for pricing. 

Make checks payable to "Sheffield Association" 
with a notation for "Sheffield Fain" 

Sheffield Fair • September 8, 20 1 2 
RQ Box 1 339, Sheffield, MA 1 257 
229-8789 • 



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Community News 


More than 10,000 years ago, lime was 
discovered, perhaps when prehistoric 
people noticed that a particular kind of 
rock exposed to fire fell apart into dust, 
and that the dust when mixed with 
water formed a paste that soon returned 
to rock. From then on, lime produc- 
tion hearths have been found wherever 
humanity attempted to build with mate- 
rials more durable than mud and wattles. 

How to burn limestone chunks so 
they become lime dust came to Sheffield 
with its European immigrants, who used 
it in masonry, in making low-carbon iron 
and steel, as a flux in glass production and 
in agriculture. In Sheffield, two kiln ruins 
and their adjacent quarries remain. One 
is in the woods by the north side of Lime 
Kiln Rd., between Sheffield-Egremont 
Rd. and Route 7. The other is part of the 
Audubon Lime Kiln Farm Sanctuary off 
of Silver St. 

Both kilns were built adjacent to 
weathered limestone outcroppings, where 
simple tools could follow the deep cracks 
that made it relatively easy to pry out 
limestone as chunks and blocks. The 
stones were loaded into skips and carts 
and sent to the kiln. 

The limestone outcroppings are rem- 
nants of the ancient seas that once cov- 
ered western Massachusetts. Hundreds 
of millions of years ago, shell-producing 
organisms died and precipitated deep 
calcium-rich layers to the seafloor, which 
then were buried deeply and heated into 
limestone. Around the seas vast sand 
dunes accumulated and were also buried 
and heated, becoming quartzite. 

Geological uplifting followed by ero- 
sion and the glaciers of ice ages scoured 
away the overburden, leaving behind 
durable quartzite hilltops as found on 
Mount Everett, Tom Ball Mountain, 
and Squaw Peak, and adjacent lime- 
stone valley knolls and floors still mined 
throughout Sheffield and Berkshire and 
Litchfield Counties. 

Empedocles, a Greek poet and 
scientist who lived between 482 and 426 
BC in the Sicilian town of Agrigento, 
may have first described the cycle of lime 
in his book Nature. He writes, "There is 
some magic in collecting a stone from the 
land, which demolished by fire, molded 
with water and with exposure to air 
[again becomes] a solid as hard as the 
starting stone." — Fred Harwood 


Christ Church Episcopal & Trinity Lutheran Church will hold its 1 3 th Annual Silent 
Auction on Sat., Oct. 6, from 8am to 3pm. Items include antiques, collectibles, art, 
jewelry, household and garden items, gift certificates from local businesses, restau- 
rants and cultural venues. Homemade lunch is available from I lam-2pm. House bids 
can be left until noon. Free admission and lots of free parking. Successful bidders 
will be notified by phone; pickup is on Sat. or Sun. morning. 

Easier to see when the leaves are down: the 
old lime kiln off Lime Kiln Rd, above, and 
at Lime Kiln Farm Sanctuary, below. 




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The Sheffield Farmers' Market has had 
such a successful season that the vendors 
have asked to extend the market through 
Fri., Sept. 21. Look for some fall veg- 
etables during those added weeks! 

Our first Corn Fest, held Aug. 17, 
was also a great success. Special thanks to 
Old Parish Church for letting the market 
expand to include the north, grassy side 
of the church. Thanks also to the Farmers' 
Market donors and the Berkshire Taconic 
Community Foundation. 

It was a beautiful day, with lots of 
children participating with parents or 
grandparents. The Sheffield Historical 
Society offered free popcorn to go along 
with their exhibit of political cartoons in 
the Old Stone Store. Singer Abby Lap- 
pen performed children's music that had 
everyone singing along. Our local clowns 
"Zeke" and "Toots" provided corny jokes. 

Bobbing-for-corn proved to be a very 
popular, albeit wet sport, as were the 


burlap bag races and wheelbarrow races. 
Everyone tried their hand at Corn Hole, 
a beanbag throw. There was face painting. 
Best of all, Rosie, a Guernsey calf, and 
Jason, a goat, were tethered under a tree, 
quietly munching on hay 
while enjoying all of the 
petting they received. 

Over on the market 
side there was Howden 
Farm selling sweet corn, 
of course. Also for sale: 
elotes, Mexican-style 
corn-on-the-cob served 
on a stick with special 
toppings, and corn salsas 
and salads galore. 

Corn Fest was the first 
of many extra events that 
the Sheffield Farmers' 
Market hopes to produce 
in this and future seasons. 

— Trudy Weaver Miller 


The Housatonic Valley Art League 
will hang its annual Small Works 
Show in the Welles Gallery at the 
Lenox Library during the month of 
October.The gallery is open Thurs- 
days to Sundays and on Monday Oct. 
8. Join us for the opening reception 
of Sat, Oct. 6, from 4 to 6pm. 


The Folk Music Series kicks off its new season on Sat, 
Sept 8, at 7:30pm.The concert featuring Kip Beacco and 
his band The Lucky Five, also celebrates Dewey Hall's 
I25 tn anniversary. Search for "Beacco Lucky Five" on 
YouTube for a taste. 

In October and November, Folk Music Series shows 
are on the first Friday instead of Saturday. On Fri., Oct 5, 
at 7:30pm, Robert Oakes and Katherine Smith perform a 
mix of acoustic folk and pop. 

On Fri., Nov. 2, at 7:30pm, David Reed presents an 
intimate evening of original and highly eclectic rigamarole. 

Dewey Hall is an acoustically superior hall with an 
intimate, family-friendly atmosphere. Light refreshments 
available. Suggested donation $ 1 members, $ 1 5 all oth- 
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Sheffield Kiwanis 

3 rd Annual 

Harvest Brunch 

Sunday, Oct. 28 

9:30am - 12:30pm 
American Legion Hall, Sheffield 

Raising funds for Warm the Children 

Silent Auction & 50/50 Raffle 
New this year: Chinese Auction 

Tickets: $10 & $5 (kids 4-12 yrs) 
Kids under 4 — free 



Buy your tickets at: Silks, Gulotta's, JTC & Sons, 

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Community News 



Ashley Falls resident Elisabeth 
O'Connor, more familiarly known as 
Libby, has been coming to the Berkshires 
all her life. Her family background is 
intricately interlinked with the history of 
Sheffield, going back to the earliest set- 
tlers including, on the paternal side, the 
Ashley family. 

Growing up in New York City, Libby 
spent summers here in her grandmother's 
home, Netherby Hall on Main St., 
which is now the home of antiquarian 
bookseller Rusty Mott and his wife, Veta. 
The house was built circa 1790-1800 by 


On Fri., Sept. 14, Gerald (Rory) 
O'Connor, one of General Barnard's 
surviving great grandsons and Libby 
O'Connor's cousin, will present a 
program for the Sheffield Historical 
Society on "Historic Barnard Broth- 
ers of Sheffield." To hear more about 
the illustrious careers of Civil War 
Brigadier-General John Gross Barnard 
and Columbia president Frederick 
A.P. Barnard come to Dewey Hall at 
7:30pm. The program is free and open 
to the public. 

Azariah Root, and came into the Barnard 
family through marriage; it remained in 
the family until the 1950s. 

Libby s great great grandfather, Robert 
F. Barnard, was a Sheffield lawyer and 
several times state senator. He and Augusta 
Porter Barnard had three children, Sarah, 

Frederick and John. Sarah married a sena- 
tor and the sons became two of Sheffield's 
most illustrious citizens. 

The elder son, Frederick A.P. Barnard, 
was born in 1809, graduated from Yale 
College and, after a remarkable career 
that included the presidency of the 
American Association for the Advance- 
ment of Science, was elected 10th presi- 
dent of Columbia College in May 1864. 
Lillian E. Preiss's book, Sheffield: Frontier 
Town, notes that Frederick Barnard made 
a determined effort to allow women to be 
admitted to Columbia, which ultimately 
resulted in the establishment of the 
affiliated college for women, Barnard Col- 
lege, named in honor of its enthusiastic 
advocate. This was the college his descen- 
dant Libby was to attend, earning a B.A. 
in Liberal Arts with a concentration on 
history. The stone memorial chapel in 
Sheffield's Center Cemetery on Berkshire 
School Rd. was built by Columbia in 
honor of Frederick and Augusta Barnard 
in 1893. 

Second son John Gross Barnard had 
a similarly stellar career. After attending 
the United States Military Academy at 
West Point, where he served for a time 
as an instructor, he became active in the 
Mexican War, supervising the construc- 
tion of defenses. He was a talented engi- 
neer, being an expert in the gyroscope. 
His experience took him to the nation's 
capital where he became chief engi- 
neer of the Army of the Potomac and 
served in the campaigns of Manassas, 
the Virginia Peninsula and Richmond 

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The Sheffield farmers' Market 

is extended into September! 


fridays 2:30-6:30pm through September 21 P"» RAIN or SHINE 

Old Parish Church parking lot, Main St.— Rte 7 

LIVE MUSIC! Moon in the Pond farm. Howden farm. Your Spice of Life, 

Berkshire Mountain Bakery, Earthborn Garden, Bill's Busy Bees. Ingleside 

farm, Hosta Hill Provisions, Community Cooperative farm, and more! 

and the siege of 
Petersburg. He 
the First Battle of 
Bull Run, which, 
although result- 
ing in a rout of ^ e Barnard brothers: 
Northern soldiers, Frederick Barnard 
was described by ahove > General John 
General Sher- Barnard below. 

man as being 
one of the best 
planned battles 
of the war. From 
1864 to 1865 he 
was on General 
Grant's staff as 
chief engineer 
of the Armies 
in the Field and 
was cited five 
times for "gallant 
and meritorious 

services" in both the Mexican War and 
the Civil War. The town memorial park 
just north of the green in Sheffield 
includes a memorial to these remark- 
able Sheffield brothers. 

Returning to his Sheffield birthplace, <■ 
General Barnard and his wife, Anna, 
continued their tradition of service, 
being instrumental in establishing the 
Episcopal Church in Sheffield, with early 
meetings being held in Anna's father-in- 
law's law office, just across Main St. from 
the site of the present Christ Church. 

One of the Tiffany windows in 
that church is in memory of Libby 
O'Connor's great-grandmother Anna. 
Anna Barnard was also involved in 
establishing the Pine Knoll Association, 
which created the small park behind the 
building that is currently the Sheffield 
Library and where the original towering 
pines are still seen today. 

Libby notes another link to the 
library — two military uniforms of 
the Barnard family. When the attic of 
Netherby Hall was cleared out in 1939, 
two uniforms were discovered, one 
belonging to General Barnard and the 
other to his son, Jack, who attended the 
U.S. Naval Academy and was involved in 
the Spanish-American War. There being 

no Sheffield Historical Society at the 
time, the uniforms were donated to the 
Sheffield Library. Librarian Nancy Hahn 
is currently having them restored, after 
which they will be on display. 

With such energetic and illustrious 
ancestors, it is no wonder that Libby has 
had a rich and rewarding life. Following 
graduation from Barnard College, she 
worked on Town and Country magazine 
in New York. When Netherby Hall was 
sold in the 1950s, her response was to 
leave the country and go to Paris for two 
years/just for fun." There, she worked for 
Realite magazine but, when she heard that 
Ludwig Bemelmans, author of the classic 
children's book Madeleine, was opening a 
restaurant in the Isle de la Cite, she put in 
a stint as his bartender. 

Returning to New York, she became, 
as she puts it, a jack of all trades," doing 
publicity for prominent New York res- 
taurants such as The Colony, Quo Vadis 

and the Italian 
While much 
of her early 
work was 
editorial — 
she was on 
the staff of 
Gourmet mag- 
azine — she 
later became 
involved in 

with a focus on non-profit and women's 
issues. She spent 40 years in the field, 
retiring at the age of 81. 

A resident of Sheffield for the past 
25 years, she started living full time in 
Ashley Falls five years ago. Libby speaks 

A rare photo of the Barnard brothers at Niagara Fails. John is fourth 
from left, next to his sister Sarah. Frederick is on the right. 

which she rode on Sheffield's dirt roads. 

Libby continues to remain actively 
engaged in the community, serving on the 
board of directors of the Sheffield Land 
Trust, playing tennis each week and taking 

Pilates classes. The vibrancy and energy of 
about how she, like many, are drawn back the Ashley/Barnard/O'Connor ancestors 
to Sheffield, which has changed remark- is clearly evident in this Sheffield citizen 
ably little over her lifetime. She fondly with remarkable links to Sheffield's past, 

recalls the polo pony of her girlhood, — Dr. Gillian R. Hettinger 


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Community News 


It's been nearly two years since the Magic 
Fluke Ukulele Co. came to Sheffield. The 
company, which manufactures and sells 
ukuleles and related products, is located 
just south of the town center on Route 7. 

Phyllis and Dale Webb, the owners, 
officially opened on January 1, 2011. They 

beam building next to Cupboards 
and Roses Antiques. "The structure 
was virtually brand-new and spot- 
less," said Dale, "We only needed 
to do some minor modifications to 
make it suitable for our needs." 
One addition to the building 

moved their factory here from New Hart- was an array of solar panels to the 

ford, CT, choosing the Southern Berk- 
shires because its cultural richness and 
diversity was ideal for a music business. 
They bought Mike Shiels's post and 

south side roof. The 10 kilowatt photo- 
voltaic array was installed by Real Goods 
Solar, an American company that uses all 
American-made parts. The panels provide 


The Webbs now offer ukulele lessons in their shop. Rob Sanzone and Michael 
Doerr, who both work at the Magic Fluke, give private and group lessons. Rob also 
teaches a free ukulele class at the Berkshire South Community Center on Thursday 
nights from 6:30 to 8pm. Anyone who doesn't have his or her own instrument can 
use a Fluke or Flea provided by the Webbs. 

OnTues., Nov. 1 3, there will be a ukulele workshop at the Route 7 facility taught 
by U.I' Rev, a musician renown in the ukulele world. He will follow the workshop 
with a short concert. Phyllis hopes this will be just the first of many events they will 
bring to the southern Berkshires. 

The Magic Fluke building on Route 7. 

all the electricity for the entire facility. "Our 
ukuleles," Dale says, "are proudly made in 
the USA, in the tropical' state of Massa- 
chusetts — powered by the sun!" 

After the move, the Webbs hired six 
new employees, all from the Southern 
Berkshires. Three of their New Hartford 
employees stayed with them and com- 
mute daily from the Torrington, CT, area. 
Though they were looking for people used 
to working with their hands, the ability to 
work well as a team was even more impor- 
tant. "What we need in our workshop," 
Dale said, "is harmony — the ability to be 
in tune with one another." 

After living in the Magic Fluke build- 


Saturday, OCTOBER 6 from 8am - 3pm 
Make this your first stop! 


Hundreds of lots! 

Antiques * Silver & Glass * 
China * Art * Jewelry * Collectibles * 
Household & Garden * Delicious Food * 

Gift Certificates from 

Berkshire Businesses, Restaurants, Services, 

Theaters, Travel, Cultural Events & more. 

Purple Tent Cash-&-Carry 

High-End Tag Sale 

Furniture Tent Cash-&-Carry 

Christ Episcopal & Trinity Lutheran Church 

Route 7 & Maple Avenue 

FREE parking * FREE admission 

Lunch Served 

Leave your HOUSE BIDS 'til NOON! 

We'll execute your bids 
while you enjoy the rest of the day. 

Successful bidders notified by phone for Oct. 6 & 7 pickup. 


Our firm is proud to have served four generations of 

| Southern Berkshire families. We welcome the opportunity 

to assist you and your family today. 


Phone: (413) 528-0630 

390 Main Street, Suite 2, Great Barrington, MA 01230 



On Fri., Sept. 21, Music in Common presents FODfest ("FOD" for "Friends of 
Daniel Pearl"), a community concert featuring area musicians and students from Mt. 
Everett High School at 7pm at Dewey Hall. The students have participated in the 
organization's MiC Youth Program, in which students work with industry profes- 
sionals to write, record and perform a song together and to film and edit a music 
video of the song. The program takes place in September at Mt. Everett and the Off 
the Beat-n-Track Recording Studio in Sheffield. 

At the concert, the students will perform their song and premiere their music 
video. It will also feature Jim and Liz Beloff playing Fluke and Flea ukes and many 
other musicians.As a fundraiser for the program, dinner will be available for pur- 
chase. The concert itself is free and open to the public For more information, please 
visit or email 

ing for a time — they sold their New Hart- 
ford home more quickly than they thought 
they would — the Webbs found a house on 
Root Lane. Dale is helping remodel it and 
build a new garage and home workshop. 

They also bought adjacent acreage that 
was the last undivided part of the former 
Cosgrifffarm. The red dairy barn and the 
tractor on the corner of Root Lane and 
Salisbury Rd. came with that property. 
They plan to fix up the barn. Dale and his 
three sons removed all the old vines from 
the tractor, a decades-long icon on that 
corner, so it can now be seen again. They 
plan to leave it right where it is. 

From knowing almost no one, the 
Webbs and their sons now have a wide 
circle of friends. The Webbs are members 
of the Sheffield Business Association and 
the Southern Berkshire Chamber of Com- 
merce. Recently, the Kiwanis Club invited 
Phyllis to speak to them about their 
company. During the summer, the Webbs 
lent two of their ukes to the Barrington 
Stage Festival's production of "A Thousand 
Clowns" which the two lead characters 
played during the performance. 

Phyllis has joined the board of Music in 
Common, an organization started by Todd 
Mack in memory of his friend Daniel Pearl, 

the Wall Street Journal reporter who was 
murdered by Al-Qaeda in Pakistan in 2002. 
The group's goal is to bring communities 
together through music. A concert featuring 
the local community will be on Sept. 21 
(see box above). 

Their sons attend public and private 
schools. The youngest, Sam, goes to 
Undermountain Elementary School and 
the middle one, Ben, attends Mt. Everett 
High School. Josh, their oldest, is going 
to be a senior at The Millbrook School in 
Millbrook, NY. 

Even as the Webbs were busy getting 
their business and family settled, they 
were working on ideas and plans for more 
"magic" happening at The Magic Fluke Co. 

The Webbs' company actually com- 
prises three businesses. The Magic Fluke 
Co. manufactures ukuleles, selling mostly 
to wholesalers throughout the world. The 
sister company, Flea Market Music, sells 
directly to customers on-line. And at the 
end of 2011, they opened a retail store in 
part of the building on Route 7. 

Phyllis says that people just stop by to see 
the store and the factory, thrilled that such 
a "fun" business is here in their town. "Folks 
say that they couldn't wait to come in and see 
what we do. And some of them decide on 

the spot to buy a ukulele," she says. 

The Magic Fluke is now the largest 
manufacturer of ukuleles in the conti- 
nental United States. Its products so far 
include the Flea, the 
smallest uke; the 
Fluke, which is mid- 
sized; and the Firefly, 
which is banjo -like. 
Each can be bought 
with a variety of 
electronic options, fret 
boards and design and 
material upgrades. 
Further customization 
is also possible. 

Dale takes pride 
in using local vendors 
and materials. Next 
year, Dale will be mak- 
ing a new model, an electric uke, from wood 
harvested on his own property in Sheffield. 

The recent resurgence of the ukuleles 
popularity throughout the world has 
brought Magic Fluke orders from person- 
alities such as Tony Danza, Jack Johnson, 
Bruce Willis and Sybil Shepherd. Bette 
Midler ordered one of Magic Flukes' first 
custom ukes, a pink Swarovski crystal- 
encrusted Flea that she used on stage. On 
a recent Today show, she explained that 
she was selling part of her costume and 
stage collection for charity, and she showed 
the crystal Flea that was being auctioned 
off. Midler went on to say that she gave an 
identical one, but without the jewels," to 
President Obama's daughters. 

— Judith Scbumer 

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Library News 



After taking some rime off for the summer, 
clubs and activities are starting up at the 
Library. New this fall: a club for Lego fans. 

Sit & knit. Like to knit or always 
wanted to learn? Join the group. It meets 
every Wednesday from 6 to 8pm. 

Book club. The Library's book club 
meets on the first Thursday of every 
month from 1 to 2:30pm. The October 
book is This Side of Brightness by Colum 
McCann, to be discussed Oct. 4. Novem- 
ber's book is Pete Hamill's Forever. Call 
Jill at 229-2761 for more information. 

Beginning yoga. The Library offers 
classes with two teachers. All ages and 
abilities are welcome. 

Lisa's basic yoga flow class meets 
Tuesdays, 6 to 7pm, followed by a breath- 
ing/meditation class from 7 to 7:30. Try 
one or stay for both. Call Lisa weekdays 
from 10am to 5pm at 413 298-3579 ' 
x25210 for more information. 

Michelle's beginner's yoga class meets 

on Thursdays, 6 to 7:30pm. Call Michelle 
at 413-637-0272 or contact the library at 
229-7004 with any questions. 

Poetry read around. Share your 
enjoyment of poetry. The "read around" 
meets one Saturday a month from 3:30 
to 5pm. Next meetings: Sept. 22, Oct. 
27. Bring your own poems or favorites by 
other poets. In September, the works of 
Jane Hirshfield will be read; in October, 
those of Natasha Threthewey. 

Chess club and Scrabble club for kids. 
Meetings will resume after school starts. 

Lego Club. This new group will 
meets weekly on Tuesdays, 11am to 
noon. No registration is required. Call 
229-7004 for more information. 

Preschooler programs. The Com- 
munity Health Program's Sing A Song 
playgroup will resume on Thurs., Sept. 
13, 10-ll:30am. Storytime for preschool- 
ers: watch for an announcement for the 
fall schedule. 

Oct. 5. Kathie Dean presents a talk on 
"Using Our E-Library." Learn how to 
borrow digital books and much more! 
At 6:30pm. 

Oct. 1 4. Jessica Treat: Writing Work- 
shop. Treat's stories, poems and 
essays have appeared in numerous 
journals and anthologies, including 
Ms., American Literary Review, and 
The Americas Review. A professor of 
English and Spanish at Northwestern 
Connecticut Community College, she 
also coordinates the annual Mad River 
Literary Festival. 

Oct. 22. Simon Winchester: Book Talk. 
Winchester will be talking about and 
reading from his new book Skulls:An 
Exploration of Alan Dudley's Curious 
Collection at 6:30pm, Sun., Oct. 22. Alan 
Dudley was a British taxidermist who 
amassed one of the world's largest 
collections of animal skulls. Win- 
chester uses the collection to explore 
the science and culture of skulls. With 
photos of more than 300 skulls. 

November 1 7. Local Authors Day. 


Massachusetts, Connecticut & New York Properties 

Representing Buyers and Sellers in the Tri- 
State area for over 30 years. If you are plan- 
ning to buy or sell, please contact us. Our 
office is open 7 days a week. We are members 
of the Berkshire Board of Realtors and their 
Multiple Listing Service as well as the Litch- 
field County Board and their MLS. Visit our 
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Collecting, Preserving and Transmitting 
Sheffield's History for the Future 

The 1774 Dan Raymond House Museum offers tours 

May through September. Come explore the daily lives of 

common people from the Revolutionary generation onward, 

including the intriguing history of the Sheffield Tory for 

whom the house is named. 

The Mark Dewey Research Center houses the town's early 

archives, including tax and real estate records, historic 

photographs, and genealogical research. Open most 

Mondays and Fridays, from 1:30 to 4pm, year round. 

The 1834 Old Stone Store located on the Town Green func- 
tions as the Society's gift shop and exhibition space. Open 
weekends April to December. 

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Think of it as a new three Rs: Recycle, 
Reread, Rewarding. One of the major 
fundraisers for the Library is the October 
book sale, organized by the Friends of 
the Bushnell-Sage Library. The Friends, 
a nonprofit organization, support the 
Library by purchasing materials and 
furniture, organizing programs like Local 
Authors Day and funding projects like 
the patio outside the downstairs Com- 
munity Room. 

Anyone can join the group by donat- 
ing $20 or more a year. One benefit of 
membership is being invited to the special 
Book Sale Preview. This year' it's on Fri., 
Oct. 26, from 6 to 8pm. You can join the 
Friends at the door. 

The public book sale will be on Sat., 
Oct. 27, from 10am to 4pm and on 
Sun., Oct 28, from 12 to 4. Proceeds 
benefit Library programs. 

Throughout the year, the Library 
receives boxes and boxes of donated 

books from generous patrons. The 
books are reviewed, and some are 
added to the Library's collection. 

But most are sorted to be sold at the 
annual book sale, a fun event with more 
than 15,000 books in more than 35 catego- 
ries. Many are priced as low as $1. All the 
books were donated since last year's sale. 

In addition to thousands of books, there 
are some CDs and DVDs. On Sunday 
afternoon prices drop for clearance. Pay- 
ment is cash or check, no credit cards. 

The Friends actively seek book dona- 
tions all year. Donors receive a confirma- 
tion letter for their gifts for tax purposes 
in January. Call 229-7004 for book 
donations, or mail contributions to: The 
Friends of the Bushnell-Sage Library, 
P.O. Box 487, Sheffield, MA 01257. 

The Friends currently have some 300 
members. All are welcome at the monthly 
meetings at the Library on the second 
Saturday of the month at 9am. 


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Thanks to a grant from the Mas- 
sachusetts Board of Library Com- 
missioners, the Bushnell-Sage Library 
has embarked on a project to digitize 
yearbooks from Mt. Everett High 
School. We are looking for Aurigans 
from these years: 1 963, 1 964, 1 977, 
1982, 1984, 1986, 1987-89, 1991, 1997, 
1 999-20 1 2. (Books will be returned.) 
If you have a yearbook from one 
of those years, we'd appreciate its 
loan. The Boston Public Library will do 
the scanning and make the informa- 
tion available online. The project is 
funded through the federal Libary 
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Church News 


In the Bible, the words "ruach" or'pneuma" mean "wind" or 
"spirit," and are frequently used to describe the way God acts. 
So it should not be all that surprising that Old Parish Church 
now owns a sailboat and its name is "Spirit." More interesting, 
perhaps, is how this happened. One of the Church's parishio- 
ners with an interest in sailing noticed an ad on the Internet 

from someone who wanted 
to sell a wood Lightning 
class sailboat for $1,500 
but who would be willing 
to donate it to a legitimate 

In church, a negotia- 
tion followed. Yes, there 
was interest in owning a 
sailboat; yes, its insurance 
agent believed it was an 
acceptable ministry activity. 
So an email was sent to 
the seller, who lived in 
Saratoga, NY. Within 30 
minutes, an agreement 
was reached. Spirit was 
launched June 10 in Lake 
Garfield in Monterey. 

Why would a church 
want a sailboat? Some find 
it a way of reducing stress, of setting aside the problems of the 
world. Others see it as a prototype of life lessons: we speak of 
people being rudderless, we encourage them to keep an even 
keel. "Every time I feel the spirit moving in my heart, I will pray," 
we sing. We are reminded that a life well lived is flexible, adjust- 
ing sail by watching the wind. And some just want to have fun. 
Interest among Old Parish church members is particularly great 
among those who have sailed in the past. 

As the Rev. Jill Graham encouraged her parishioners, 

Spirit on Lake Garfield. 

"Get ready to sail on the winds of the Spirit! May the 
winds of resurrection fill your sails, energize your souls and 
empower your lives!" — John G. Wightman 


Laura N. O'Shaughnessy was ordained to the Christian min- 
istry of the United Church of Christ on July 29 at Old Parish 
Church, where she has been an active member of the congre- 
gation for the past few years. 
Parishioners, family, clergy and 
representatives from United 
Church of Christ congrega- 
tions in Berkshire County 
attended the gala event. 

Ordination usually 
occurs when a candidate 
is in his or her 20s. What 
makes O'Shaughnessy's story 
interesting is that she was in 
her mid-60s. For most of her 
career O'Shaughnessy was 
a college professor, teach- 
ing for over 30 years at St. Lawrence University in Canton, 
NY.AIong the way she married, had two children and was 
widowed. She also has four grandchildren. 

Her spiritual quest began in 1 999 after feeling God's 
call to become a minister at a retreat. She simplified her 
life, turning down opportunities for other employment and 
elective office. Eventually she entered Colgate Rochester 
Crozer Divinity School in Rochester, NY, where she gradu- 
ated with an M.Div. degree in 2008. In 2004 she served in a 
supervised ministry position at Old Parish Church with Rev. 
Art Kaufman. 

O'Shaughnessy has accepted a call to become an assis- 
tant chaplain at St. Lawrence University for one year.Then 
she will return to the Berkshires to consider other avenues 
of service. — John Wightman 

Laura O'Shaughnessy 



Greenwoods Community Church (non-denominational), 355 Clayton Rd. 
229-8560; parsonage (860) 824-7442. Sunday: 9:30am Sunday School (ages 3-adult); 
10:30am Worship Service, nursery care provided. Rev. Edward M. Eastman Jr., Pastor 

Trinity Methodist (United Methodist Church), 1156 Ashley Falls Rd. 518-329- 
3606. Sunday: 11am Worship Service. Ken Phesay, Pastor. 


First Congregational Church of South Egremont, 34 Main St. 528-2209. Sunday 
Worship: 10am. Rev. Steven Blackburn and Rev. Susan Wyman, Supply Pastors. 


Congregation Ahavath Shalom (reconstructionist), North St. 528-4197. Friday, 
8pm & Saturday, 10am. Services not held every week. Schedules are updated on 
answering machine 

Hevreh of Southern Berkshire, 270 State Rd. 528-6378. Friday: 7:30pm Shabbat 
Service. Saturday: 10am Shabbat service & Torah study. Rabbi Deborah Zecher, 
Associate Rabbi An Rosenberg 


Christ Church Episcopal & Trinity Lutheran, 180 Main St. 229-88 11. Sunday: 
8am & 10am Holy Eucharist; 10am Sunday School & child care; Thursday: 10am Holy 
Eucharist & Healing. Rev. Anne Ryder 

Congregation of Jehovah's Witnesses, Route 7 & Kellogg Rd. 229-8649. The 
public is welcome. 

Old Parish (United Church of Christ), 125 Main St. 229-8173. Sunday: 10am 
Worship. Rev. Jill Graham, Pastor 

Our Lady of the Valley (Catholic), Maple Ave. 229-3028. Saturday: 4:00pm Mass; 
Sunday: Sheffield 7:30am, 9am Masses; Mill River 10:30 Mass. Rev. Bruce Teague 

Sheffield Chapel (non-denominational), 1970 N. Main St. 528-2911, www.shef- Sunday: 10:45am Worship, 9:30am Sunday School for all ages. Wed.: 
Group Prayer Time 7pm. Pastor: Corey McLaughlin 




The Woods Tea Company is coming to town again. On Sun. 
Oct. 28, at 2pm, Tom MacKenzie and Patti Casey, with guest 
fiddler Eric Martin, will perform at the Old Parish Church 
in the center of town. During intermission, there will refresh- 
ments and CDs for sale. After the concert there will be an "After 
Glow" where everyone can bring their instruments — ukulele, 
harmonica, fiddle, guitar, spoons, whatever — and music to 
share with each other. 

A freewill offering will benefit the Good Samaritan Fund, 
the emergency needs fund for Sheffield area residents. This 
concert provides about one-third of what the fund usually 
needs for the year. 

Patty and Tom will visit Undermountain Elementary 
School on Mon., Oct. 29, for a performance and workshop 
showcasing the songs and instruments of old-time folk music. 

Patty plays flute, penny whistle, guitar, voice and clogboard, 
the Canadian-style foot accompaniment. Tom plays hammered 
dulcimer, banjo, guitar, piano, ukulele and voice. 

The event is produced by the Friendly Union, Old Par- 
ish Church, the Mission Committee of Old Parish Church, 
community volunteers and Undermountain Elementary school 
volunteers. Pauline W. Schumann is co-chair of the Festival. 
Questions can be directed to 

In July, beautiful, state of the art window treatments were 
installed at the Sheffield Senior Center, thanks to a collabora- 
tion between the Friends and the Town of Sheffield. Now the 
main room can be darkened for movies and presentations 
with the pull of a string or the press of a button — the treat- 
ments for the large window and the small high-up windows 
are operated by remote control. 

Sheffield in Celebration. The Friends are working 
with the Commission on Disabilities on a booth for the Shef- 
field Fair on Sept. 8.There will be baked goods and bever- 
ages for sale with free popcorn and an information table 
from SHINE (Senior Health insurance Counseling). Anyone 
interested in donating baked goods can bring their items to 
the Senior Center on Fri., Sept. 7. 

Cookbook. The Friends are putting together a cook- 
book as a fundraising venture. We 're looking for favorite 
recipes from all of our Sheffield friends. Drop off a recipe at 
the Senior Center and get your name in our cookbook! 

Christmas and Crafts Fair. On Dec. 2, the Friends will 
hold its first Christmas and Crafts Fair.Anyone interested 
in setting up a table to sell their handcrafted items can call 
George Oleen (229-6670), Kathy Cashiola (229-2774) or 
Claudia Martin (229-287 1 ). Rates: $20 for a card table, $25 
for a six-foot table, $30 for an eight-foot table. Look for 
more details in the next issue of the Sheffield Times. 

Stop by the Senior Center anytime to join in the many 
fun activities, to work on a puzzle or to just visit! Or visit 
us on the web at 
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Village Green 


June 18 working meeting 

The Board discussed the search for a replacement for Jim 
McGarry, the retiring police chief. The Board agreed to post the 
positions of Acting Chief and Officer in Charge at the Police 
Station and ask John Ullrich to serve on a search committee. 

Town Administrator Rhonda LaBombard gave an overview 
of the Hanlon Land Court appeal [a 1996 Zoning Board decision], 
the Building Inspectors ruling and the Zoning Board of Appeals 
ruling. The Board agreed to consult with legal counsel. 

June 18 regular meeting 

Town boards and officers. The Board approved these appoint- 
ments at this and the July 16 and August 6 meetings: 

Tammy Blackwell 
Felecie Joyce 
Jill Hughes 

John James and Colin Smith 
John Arthur Miller 
Thomas Carmody 
Kopelman 8C Paige 
D.M. Moschos 

3-year term as Principal Assessor 
3 -year term as Town Clerk 
3 -year term as Asst. Town Clerk 
3 -year terms to the Finance Committee 
1-year term as Senior Center Director 
2-year term as Building Inspector 
1-year term as Town Counsel 
1-year term as Special Town Counsel 
The Board approved Ryan Kresiak, Jacob Gonska, Brian Fahey, 
Eric Munson and Susan Rathbun to 3 -year terms as full-time 
police officers and Scott Farrell, Michael Ovitt, Gary Mitchell and 
Richard Robarge to 3 -year terms as reserve intermittent officers. 
See also the box on page 15. 

The Board accepted the resignation of Jeremiah Cronin from 
the Fire Dept. and voted to send him a letter of thanks. 

Per the recommendation of Recycling Coordinator David 
Steindler, the Board approved the placement of a Goodwill Indus- 
tries drop box for donations of clothing and textiles. Goodwill will 
be responsible for maintaining the box. 

The Board approved a curb cut permit for Peter Walsh on 
Berkshire School Rd. 

July 11 working meeting 

The Board discussed establishing email accounts for the 
Board and decided to follow up with Virtual Town Hall, the 




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After a discussion, the 
Board decided not to help pay for the Sheffield Times Annual 
Meeting/Election Supplement. Instead, it will look into mail- 
ing the Annual Town Warrant to all voters. 

July 11 regular meeting 

The Board discussed the police chief contract and voted 
to delete the second paragraph of section 7 regarding buying 
back sick time. 

July 16 regular meeting 

Catherine Miller, one of Sheffield's representatives on the 
Southern Berkshire Regional School District School Com- 
mittee, gave an overview regarding the request to transfer 
$250,000 from the school's Excess and Deficiency account 
to upgrade the lighting at the Sheffield campus. The Board 
approved the transfer with the provision that the rebate, when 
received by National Grid, be deposited into the Excess and 
Deficiency account. 

The Board voted to accept the resignation of Grace 
Campbell from the Council on Aging and to send her a letter 
of thanks. They did the same for Jeffrey Briggs, resigning from 
the Fire Dept. 

The Board voted to appoint Selectman Julie Hannum as 
the representative to the Berkshire Regional Transit Authority. 

JTC and Sons Inc. submitted a proposal of $160 per pull 
for metal recycling at the Transfer Station. The Board voted to 
accept the proposal. 

The Board approved an application for Lisa White 
and Norma Kimmel for an Antique and Second Hands 
Goods License to operate Magpie's Closet at 1840 North 
Main St. 

The Board declared July 31 as "Chief James M. 
McGarry Day." 

Selectman Hannum noted that any business in town 
interested in becoming a member of the Southern Berk- 

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shire Chamber of Commerce can join 
her as a guest at the next "After Hours" 
chamber event. 

Catherine Miller inquired about 
installing a trash receptacle in the parking lot at the Town Hall. 
The Board discussed possible locations and took the matter 
under advisement. 

Susan Butler was present to inquire about the location of 
cabins throughout the town, and submitted a letter to the Board. 

The Friends of the Senior Center 
requested to have a Craft Fair at the 
Senior Center on December 2, which 
the Board approved. 

The Board then discussed buying 
an amplification system for the town 
and decided to have Sam Sorentini 
from Cutting Edge Audio/ Video come to a working session and 
present options. 

Administrator LaBombard received a letter from residents 
on Bow Wow Rd. regarding the intersection of Cook Rd., Miller 
Ave. and Bow Wow Rd. The Board decided to install dangerous 
intersection signs there and send a letter regarding shrubs needing 
to be trimmed. 

July 17 working meeting 

The Board decided to conduct interviews for an Acting Police 
Chief on July 23 and July 24 and discussed the interview questions 
and salary. 

July 25 working meeting 

The Board decided to appoint Eric R. Munson III for a one- 
year term as Acting Police Chief, pending a signed contract, 

August 6 regular board meeting 

The Board voted to appoint Joseph Glaszcz and Kyle C. 
LeGeyt-Mcloughlin to a one-year probationary term to the 
Fire Dept. 

The Board discussed the Annual 6th Grade Essay Contest 
sponsored by the Massachusetts Municipal Association and 
decided to participate in the contest again. 

Ann-Elizabeth Barnes and Jana Laiz submitted a request for 
support for the proposed route for the Elizabeth Freeman Center's 
Annual "Mumbet Walk to Freedom, " which the Board approved. 

The Board voted to grant another Antiques & Second Hand 
Goods license, to Thomas Mattson, for a shop located at 665 
North Main St. 

Chairman Dave Smith, Jr., complimented everyone who 
helped make the Retirement Celebration for the Police Chief Jim 
McGarry a success. He noted that Acting Chief Eric Munson 
III will be introduced at the next meeting and encouraged town 
residents to stop in at the Police Station to greet him. 

Bonnie Silver of 15 Bow Wow Rd. was present to discuss 
the intersection of Miller Ave., Cook Rd. and Bow Wow Rd., 
discussed at a previous meeting, and submitted alternate signage to 

Sheffield residents can recycle old oil paint and waste motor oil on Sat., Sept. 8, 
9- 1 1 am at the Lenox Dept. of Public Works, 275 Main St., and on Sat., Sept. 29, 
9-1 1:30am at the Great Barrington Recycling Center, 601 Stockbridge Rd. 

Latex paint is not accepted at either event. Empty or dried-up cans of latex or 
oil-based paint can be disposed with the regular trash. 

For more information, call the Center for Ecological Technology at 888-577- 
8448 ext. 10 or 30, email or visit 

the Board. The Board will take the suggestions under advisement 
and follow up with the Police Department. 

The Board approved a curb cut permit for Michael Stumo of 
615 Boardman St., to add a semi-circular driveway. 





Agricultural Comm. 


Dominic Palumbo and Ruth Ziegler 

| Animal Control Officer 


Martin Clark 

Animal Inspector 


Rick Boardman 

Ashley Falls Historic District 


Richard Swiatek and Peter Rawson 

Board of Assessors 


Barbara West 

Berkshire Regional Planning 


Rene Wood 

Board of Health 


Scott Smith and Priscilla Cote 

Commission on Disabilities 


Claudia Martin 

Conservation Commission 


Cheryl Blackburn, Howard Chezar, James T. 



James McGarry, Bruce Person 

: Council on Aging 


Richard Magenis, Janet Stanton, Dorris 

Cultural Council 


David Reed 

Electrical Inspector 


Richard Cappadonna 

Asst. Electrical Inspector 


Carl VanDeusen 

Emergency Management 


Edward McCormack 

Emergency Management 


Jim McGarry 

Gas & Piping Inspector 


Robert Krupski 

Asst. Gas & Piping Inspector 


Robert Gennari 

Health Inspector 


George Oleen 

Highway Superintendent 


Edward Lord 

Housing Commission 


Kathy Orlando, John Stookey, Marilyn 

Local Emergency Planning 

Rick Boardman, Rhonda LaBombard, James . 
McGarry, David Smith, Jr. 

Parking Clerk 

Felecie Joyce 

Plumbing Inspector 

Robert Krupski 

Asst. Plumbing Inspector 

Robert Gennari 

Public Weigher 

Michael Pezzee 

Recycling Coordinator 

David Steindler 

South Berkshire Dist. 
Veterans Delegate 

Dick Kirchner 

Tree Warden 

Edward Lord 

Veteran's Agent 

Laurie Hills 

Zoning Board of Appeals 


Richard Kirchner 

! Zoning Board Alternate 


Greig Siedor 


Village Green 


Elections and voter registration. We are 

gearing up for the final two elections of 
this year: 

Thurs., Sept. 6 State Primary 

Tues., Nov. 6 State/Presidential Election 
All elections will be held at the Senior 
Center located on Cook Rd. 

The deadline to register to vote or 


Things to consider before you vote on Nov. 6: 
•Are you registered? 

• Have you recently moved to/from town? 

• Has your registration address changed since the last 
time you voted? 

• Have you had a name change? 

• Have you reviewed the questions that will appear on 
the ballot? 

change party status is 20 days prior to an for spayed/neutered dogs. 

election, which makes the deadline for 
the November election Wed., Oct. 17. 
Check your voter status before the dead- 
lines! See or call 
the Town Clerk's office with questions. 

The Presidential Election is typically 
very busy, and the ballot is long. Try to 
review ballot questions ahead of time and In its May, June and July meetings, 

Dog licensing. Please 

remember that if you 

have a dog six months 

of age or older, or if you 

reside in Sheffield a 

minimum of 30 days of licensed anytime of year at the regular 

the year, you are required to license your rate. With proof of rabies and spay/neu- 
ter status, you can mail in your request 
for a license. Make checks payable to the 
Town of Sheffield, and mail to Town 
Clerk, P.O. Box 175, Sheffield MA 
01257. Please include a self-addressed, 
stamped envelope. 

dog. The fees are $10 for intact dogs, $5 

Licensing takes place annually from 
March 1 to May 1. A fine of $25 per 
dog will be imposed after the deadline. 
If you have acquired a new dog it can be 

PLANNING BOARD: May, June, July meetings 

be prepared to vote when you go into the 
booth. You will have 10 minutes to vote 
unless people are waiting, when the limit 
is reduced to 5 minutes. 

Sample ballots will be available at the 
Town Clerk's office and also on the 
Town website: 

the Planning Board approved Form A 
applications (approval not required for 
subdivision) for properties that will be 

construct an artist's sculpture studio on 
Hulett Hill Rd. The studio, planned for 
1,300 square feet, would not be used 
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protected through the state's Agricultural person will work there 4-5 hours a day. 

Preservation Restriction program and the The structure will be one story with a 

Division of Fisheries and Wildlife: g ara g e door. Meigs mostly works with 

Michael Parsons, of Kelly Granger & granite less than 3 tons, about the size of 

Parsons, represented the applicants: John a chair. He will use an air chisel and air 

and Katherine Stookey for property on the hammer, which produce less noise than 

west side of South Egremont Rd. and the a lawn mower. Diamond cutting saws 

Chase family for property along Lime Kiln make a higher pitched sound but would 

Rd. The Stookeys are conveying 10 acres be blocked by the building. There is no 

to the Sheffield Land Trust for preserva- plan for any signage or exterior light- 

tion. Two lots will be separated from the ing except a motion sensor light in the 

Chase farm, one on each side of the road. parking lot. The art pieces are exhibited 

The Board accepted a Special Permit around New England. It will not be a 

application from Binney Meigs to retail operation. 


Sheffield's Commission on Disabilities will host another of its speaker series on 
Thurs., Oct. 1 8, at the Sheffield Senior Center as part of the Center's Third Thurs- 
day Luncheon. The topic will be "Resources and Aids for Hearing Impairments." 
Karren Larson from the Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing will discuss 
resources and Dawn Matthews from the United Cerebral Palsy Center will dem- 
onstrate aids for people with hearing difficulties. The luncheon begins at noon, with 
the talk commencing around 1 2:30. Everyone is welcome. If you want to attend the 
luncheon, contact the Senior Center at 229-7037. You can come just for the talk 
without calling. 

Questions? Ask any member of the Commission: Laura Grunfeld, David Wells, 
Claudia Martin, Gail Mullen or Lori-Beth Amato. Or come to a meeting, which 
are once a month at the Library. The next meetings are Fri., Aug. 24; Fri., Sept. 28; 
and Fri., Oct. 19 and start at 3:30 p.m. For information about services in South 
County for people with disabilities, contact Laura Grunfeld at 229-2476 or laura@ Anyone who needs accommodation at a Town event should 
contact Town Administrator Rhonda LaBombard at or 


In its June and July meetings, the Com- 
mission issued "negative determinations" 
(wetlands restrictions do not apply) for 
these properties: 

Peter Walsh, for selective tree clearing 
on property on Berkshire School Rd. 
The trees, mainly white pine, will be used 
for lumber. Issued with the conditions that 
only marked trees are to be cut, they are 
to be felled away from the wetlands buffer 
zone and that no heavy equipment will be 
used to move them. 

Wesley McCain for treating a pond on 
property at 400 East Rd. with herbicides. 
Issued with the conditions that the Com- 
mission is present at the application and 
the oudet of the pond is closed for five days 
after. The Commission reserves the right to 
review this project in future years. 

Debra and Robert Beham for building 
a single family dwelling on Hewins St, for 
their daughter. A perennial stream runs 
along the property, and the site was chosen 

to minimize impact to the wetlands area. 
Issued with the condition there be no clear- 
ing into the wedand in the future and it be 
kept as a wooded area. 

Dale Webb, to install a culvert on 
property on 205 Root Lane to allow access 
to forested property. This project qualifies 
as an agricultural exemption and no permit 
is needed. 

Appalachian Trail Conservancy, for 
installation of a flexible pond leveler to miti- 
gate flooding of property on Rt. 7. Tom 
Ingersoll, an abutting property owner, has 
noted that beavers were causing flooding 
onto his property. He was awarded a grant 
offered by the Society for the Prevention of 
Cruelty to Animals for the device, which is 
installed through the beaver dam and allows 
water to drain out The Commission had no 
objections to this project. 

In other business, the Commission 
walked the site for a conservation restric- 
tion to be held by the town on West Rd., 


The Cultural Council is accepting 
applications for grants in the arts, 
humanities, and sciences.The deadline 
is Mon., Oct. 1 5. Last year, the Council 
distributed about $4,000. 

You can get more information at 
the Council's table at the Sheffield Fair 
on Sept 8. Also, on Sat., Sept. 22, the 
Council will lead a free grant-writing 
workshop at the Library from noon 
to 1:30pm. For specific guidelines and 
application forms, see www.mass- Questions? Ask 
Trudy Weaver Miller at trudyweaver- or 4 1 3-44 1 -6446. 

as proposed by the Sheffield Land Trust. 
The Commission signed the conservation 
restriction and by doing so are recommend- 
ing approval by the Board of Selectman. 
The Commission visited The Nature 
Conservancy Schenob Brook Tract restora- 
tion project, revised now that access has 
been granted by Nancy Smith, an abutter, 
and found it beneficial to the endangered 
species on the site. The Commission will 
issue an enforcement order. 



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Organizations & Businesses 


The newest shop in the center of Shef- 
field is Antiques on the Green. Located 
next to the Village Green Restaurant, 
the store opened last January in the space 
vacated by the Sheffield Market. 

The owners, Alicia and Scott Ryan, 
had long hoped to open their own antiques 
store in this area and were delighted to be 
able to start their new business on Route 
7. Alicia, who was "born and bred in the 
Berkshires," started collecting antiques 
when she was a teenager. "My dad would 
go to auctions and I would go with him," 
she said. "I was hooked. As an adult, I only 
bought old furniture for my home, never 
anything new." 

Scott traces his family's New England 
roots back to 1723 when his mother's 
ancestors came here from Europe. Starting 
in the 19 th century, his family had antiques 
businesses in New Bedford, MA. For 1 1 
years Scott worked for Bradford Auctions, 
the long-time Sheffield institution that 

Antiques on the Green in the center of Sheffield. 

closed several years ago. 

There was quite a bit of work 
to do before they were able to 
open the store, including replac- 
ing all the lighting fixtures. The 
Ryans kept the store's original 
tin ceiling, which gives the space 
vintage charm. 

The store is filled with a mix 
of affordable used furniture, decorative armadillo basket, a crocodile handbag 

objects and accessories and true Ameri- from pre-Castro Cuba and other oddities, 
can antiques. Old photographs are all To find their wares, the Ryans fre- 

around. In the front corner stands a circa- quent auctions, tag sales and flea markets 
1910 Victorian-style lollipop chair, whose across New York State and New England. 
spindles end in the circlets that give the They also make house calls if someone 
chair its name. contacts them about a piece of American 

Glass-fronted display cases are filled furniture or an interesting curiosity they 

with Noritake pieces, china and art pot- 
tery. There's a Holcomb and Hoke 1920s 
popcorn machine that still works and a 
Biedermeier-style clock. Scott loves to 

want to sell. 

Antiques on the Green's summer and 
fall hours are Thursday through Monday 
from 10am to 5pm. In December, they will 

guide men over to the "guys' display case," be open Friday through Monday only. 
which contains beer drinking mugs, an — Judith Schumer 


Fluke, Flea, and FireFly Ukuleles 
made right here in Sheffield! 

Seconds available; 
gift certificates and ukulele lessons, too. 

Sign up for ukulele lessons, group and private, 

with local musical favorite Rob Sanzone. 

Call 413-229-8536 to find out more. 

The Magic Fluke Company, LLC 

292 S. Main Street, Sheffield MA 01257 




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A friend's wife was out of town recently 
for a week, so we spent every day after 
work fishing on the Housatonic. As 
I floated along the river, I once again 
thought: Wow, how I love this area. 
Bucolic scenes unfolded around each 
bend: corn, sky, silver maples, hayfields. I 
felt the workday stress lifting, leaving me 
content and peaceful. 

I suspect that I'm not the only one 
so soothed by my surroundings here in 
Sheffield, and that's one of the reasons 
many of us have found our way to this 
corner of the state. 

Look in any direction outside and 
you can have remarkable views: Mt. 
Everett and Mt. Race, the Housatonic 

and Konkapot rivers, Schenob Brook, 
Three Mile and Mill ponds and long 
houseless tracks of woodlands and farm- 
lands. This time of year these views are 
unbeatable. This is when we rediscover 
them all again. Going about our daily 
routines we are smacked with dazzling 
color and we once again truly see what's 
around us. 

This experience, this rekindling of 
the visceral response to the beauty of 
nature, strengthens my knowledge that I 
am where I should be. It would be easy 
enough for me to relocate and spend my 
time lounging on a beach in Florida or 
finding a high-paying job in the city, but 
when the trees turn red, orange and yel- 

low, I know I have found my place here 
in Sheffield. I am home. 

I realize I'm coming off as a bit mushy, 
but I can't help it. And I had to write 
about something for this issue of the 
Sheffield Times. I'm certainly not about 
to tell you about the fish I caught. No 
good fisherman tells. 

If you want a spectacular view of 
Sheffield this month in the company 
of like-minded people, come and listen 
to Don Worth play his bagpipes atop 
Hurlburt's Hill on Sept. 8. (see the events 
listing below). You will definitely see what 
I mean. 

— Rene Wendell, Conservation Ranger 
at Bartholomew's Cobble 


The Sheffield Boy Scouts began their 
new year on Aug. 29. The troop meets 
every Wednesday at 7pm at the Amer- 
ican Legion on Route 7 and have at 
least one event a month. New Scouts 
and past Scouts are welcome to stop 
in and see the Scouts in action and 
decide if it is for them. Kosta Casivant 
will be this year's Senior Patrol Leader. 
Owen Wright of New Marlborough is 
the Scout Master. 

Over the summer Kosta, Demitre 
Cavisant and Pat Hogelin attended 
camp in leadership roles, and Kosta 
attended a week of National Youth 
Leadership Training. We're looking 
forward to a new agenda of outdoor 
activities in coming months. 

Camp was a good place to work 
on merit badges. Kosta earned 
badges for environmental science and 
rifle shooting. Pat earned geocach- 
ing and oceanography. Alex Dagruel 
earned canoeing. Nick LeGeyt earned 
space exploration. Nikos Casivant 
also earned space exploration, and 
swimming too. Ricky McLoughlin 
earned archery and astronomy and 
Sean Smith earned environmental 
science, shotgun shooting and wilder- 
ness survival. 

Nick and Nikos also worked 
towards rank advancement with a full 
week of outdoor skills training and 
first aid. 

Overnight treks over the sum- 
mer included a three-day hike on the 
Appalachian Trail in June and a hike in 
New York State in August. 


Cobble Eco-Volunteers 

Every Thursday, 9am-noon. Keeping the Cobble 
landscape healthy and accessible means a lot of 
care and attention. During the spring, summer, 
and fall, we are looking for individuals and groups 
to regularly help out. Can't make Thursdays or 
looking for a one-time project? Call Conserva- 
tion Ranger Rene Wendell. 

Labor Day Canoe Trip 

Mon., Sept. 3, 8:30 - 1 1 :30am. Celebrate Labor 
Day by paddling the Housatonic. Watch for bald 
eagles flying over Bartholomew's Cobble. With 
your guide, learn about the river's history and its 
restoration. Paddles, life preservers and boats are 
provided. Please pre-register. Members: adult $24; 
child ( 1 0- 1 6) $ 1 0. Nonmembers: adult $30; child 
(10-16) $15. 

Sunset Serenade 

Sat., Sept. 8, 4:30pm. Hurlburt's Hill at the 
Cobble offers a wonderful spot to watch the sun 
go down. On this evening, trek 20 minutes to the 
hilltop to hear bagpiper Don Worth serenade 
the sunset, weather permitting. Bring a lawn 
chair or blanket and a picnic, which we'll tote up 

the hill for you in our truck. Members: adult $8; 
child free. Nonmembers: adult $ 1 0; child $ I . 

Hawk Watch and Picnic 

Sat., Oct 6, 1 1 am- 1 pm. Come watch for migrating 
hawks atop Hurlburt's Hill. Bring a blanket, a chair 
and something to share for a potluck lunch. Free 
with admission to the Cobble. 

'Traces of the Trade' screening 

Sat., Oct. 27,4-7pm.Join us for activities at 
Ashley House, where one slave spoke up for 
freedom, and a screening of this documentary 
about the infamous Triangle Trade of slaves and 
sugar at the Cobble. Free. Call 4 1 3-44 1 -6446 for 

The Trustees of Reservations manage Bartholomew's 
Cobble, a National Natural Landmark, on Weatogue 
Rd. in Ashley Falls. It's open year-round, daily, 
sunrise to sunset. The Visitor's Center is open from 
9am-4:30pm (Tues. to Sat. in whiter) . Admission is 
free for members of The Trustees of Reservations and 
Sheffield Non-members: $5 adult, $1 child. Call 229- 
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Organizations & Businesses 


Successful summer campaigns* Our 

sincere thanks to all who participated 
in our recent Cruise Raffle. The 
winners were drawn from the "golden 
drum" on on Aug. 25 at the annual 
Kiwanis/ Firemen Steak Roast. 

Grand prize winner of the nine-day 
Caribbean cruise for two was Nancy 
Brown, from Torrington, CT. The sec- 
ond prize of $1,000 cash went to Deb 
Harper of Lee, who works at Berkshire 
School in Sheffield. 

Once again we are grateful for our 
faithful following who showed up hun- 
gry and ready to share food and sum- 
mer time company at the Steak Roast. 

Fall campaigns. Three events domi- 
nate our calendar in the next couple of 
months. Members of Kiwanis will host 
our club's annual Radiothon on Station 
WSBS on Fri., Oct. 26. Please tune in 
and support all the community projects 
we have scheduled for the coming year. 

The "Warm the Children" campaign 
will begin in October. Watch for the 
ads in the Berkshire Record for details 
on how you can provide kids with new 
winter clothing from Kmart for early 
holiday gifts. 

This project is chaired by Jane 
Berger and Dave Johnson, who coordi- 
nate the Kiwanis shoppers who accom- 
pany the families as they shop. Last 
year, we were able to provide winter 
clothing to more than 150 children. 

One of the main ways we raise 
money for Warm the Children is the 
Harvest Brunch, which will be held 
on Oct. 28 (see box at right). Rene 

Wood and Dave Smith, Sr., supervise 
this event with help from nearly every 
Kiwanis member. 

Regular duties. Our regular hosting 
at the Breaking Bread Soup Kitchen, 
held at the American Legion on Route 
7, continues. Our seven-month high- 
way cleanup concludes for the season 
with the Litter Patrols of Sept. 20 and 
Oct. 18. 

The Kiwanis Cafe, our mobile 
refreshment trailer, will offer its tasty 
menu at the Sheffield Fair at the Town 
Park on Sat., Sept. 8. The staff will also 
serve at the Rotary Club's "Fly In" at the 
Great Barrington airport on Sept. 15, 
and at the horse show in Egremont's 
French Park on Sept. 16. Deb Wright 
and Dave Smith, Sr., have chaired the 
season's schedule for the food unit. 

Honors and officers. On Sat., Oct. 
6, the Annual Kiwanis Installation and 
Awards Banquet will honor retired 
Police Chief James McGarry with a 
Lifetime Achievement Award. The 
event this year will take place at the 
Egremont Country Club, with cocktails 
and appetizers at 6:30pm and dinner 
and ceremony an hour later. 

New officers being installed for the 
2012-2013 Kiwanis year are JoAnn 
Shmulsky, president; Jim Collingwood, 
president-elect; Dennis Hankey, vice 
president; Pat Salvi, secretary; and 
Dick Goodwin, treasurer. Seven mem- 
bers of the Board of Directors will also 
take office. The Kiwanian of the Year 
presentation concludes the program. 

— Dick Goodwin 


The Sheffield Kiwanis will host its 
third annual Harvest Brunch on Sun., 
Oct. 28, from 9:30am to 12:30pm 
at the Sheffield American Legion on 
Route 7.The Kiwanis will be serv- 
ing a delicious meal including eggs, 
sausage, quiche, ham, fruit salad, 
macaroni and cheese and a selection 
of muffins and tea breads baked by 
the members of the club. 

A silent auction will feature 
donations of gift certificates, ser- 
vices and items from local busi- 
nesses and residents. Every adult 
attendee will receive a 50/50 raffle 
ticket, which will have a special prize 
drawing for advance ticket purchas- 
ers. New this year will be a "Chinese 
auction," for which participants buy 
raffle chances only for items they're 
interested in. To make it easier to 
enter all these, think about bringing 
preprinted address labels. 

Proceeds from the brunch will 
benefit Warm the Children, which 
provides winter clothing for children 
in our community. Last year, the 
Kiwanis raised almost $5,000 for the 
clothing campaign. 

Tickets for the brunch are $10 
for adults, $5 for children ages 4-12, 
with children under 4 free. Tickets 
can be purchased in advance at 
Gulotta's Mobil, Silk's Variety, Berk- 
shire Styles Salon, Shear Image, PJ's 
Convenience Store and JTC & Sons. 
In Great Barrington, tickets can 
be purchased at Smitty's Sandwich 
Shop, GoodWorks Insurance and 
Sears. Tickets will also be available at 
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Fall property walk* On October 20 at 
lpm, the Land Trust will host its annu- 
al guided Fall Property Walk on private, 
conserved land. Naturalist Rene Wendell 
will again be the guide. Watch for details 
in local media as the date grows closer. 

Annual meeting draws a crowd. 
More than 100 people showed up for the 
Land Trust's annual meeting and potluck 
lunch in June. The event was held under 
a tent on River Lea Farm, near the Shef- 
field Covered Bridge, and celebrated the 
protection of that farm through the Mas- 
sachusetts Agricultural Preservation Re- 
striction (APR) program. This state pro- 
gram helps purchase development rights 
on farmland, allowing families to get the 
value of their land without having to sell 
it or give up its farming use. 

As reported in the last issue, Martin 
and Rosa Brunnschweiler operated Riv- 
er Lea as a dairy farm until the mid 1980s 
and more recently had horses while leas- 
ing the land to the Aragi family of Pine Is- 
land Farm. With the APR in place, the 

Aragis were able to buy the whole 
farm so they will permanently have 
that valuable cropland and barns 
to feed and house their dairy herd 
(Pine Island is the largest dairy 
farm in the state). The farmhouse, 
which they also bought, will be 
used for farm worker housing. 

Volunteers get the tent ready for the Land Trust's 
annual meeting in one of River Lea Farm's fields. 

initiative, which includes a number of CRs 

At the potluck lunch, Martin spoke of and owned properties as well as five APR 

the many years his family lived on and ran 
River Lea, which covers nearly 300 acres 
between Boardman St. and the Housa- 
tonic River north of Covered Bridge Lane. 
Louis Aragi, Jr., also spoke about how the 
land will help him as a farmer, of how he 
sometimes wakes up at night and worries 
about having enough to feed his cows. 
The Land Trust's initiatives. Riv- 
er Lea is part of the Land Trust's "Ho usa- 
tonic River Corridor" initiative, which in- 
cludes eight farm properties along the riv- 
er protected with APRs, as well as a num- 
ber of conservation restrictions (CRs) 
and three properties which the land trust 
owns. The Land Trust is also moving for- 
ward on its Sheffield-Egremont Corridor 

farm properties in northwest Sheffield and 
southeast Egremont, including currently 
Maple Shade and Bow Wow Farms. The 
third major effort is the Community Trail 
Network, where the Land Trust is work- 
ing with Greenager, the Southern Berk- 
shire Regional School District and others 
to build a bridge over the Schenob Brook 
and otherwise improve the trails that run 
near the campus of the school. 

All this requires money. The Land 
Trust must raise $400,000 to meet the 
obligations incurred by this work. To 
make a donation or for more information, 
contact the Land Trust at P.O. Box 940, 
Sheffield, MA 012567, 229-0234, she-, 




2 Gregg S. Massini to Christopher A. & Diana W.Williams, property at Clayton Rd., 

3 William F. & Deborah J. Gulotta to Edward J. & Norma R. Gulotta, property at 30 1 
Miller Ave., $2 1 5,000. 

29 Barry Emberlin to Gettysburg Group, LLC, property at 599 South Main St., transfer. 


4 Clifford F. Moger & Barry A. Miske to John H. & Katherine E. Stookey, trustees of the 
John H. & Katherine E. Stookey Revocable Trusts, property at 946 Silver St., $525,000. 

27 OleksandrV. &Tetyana I. Chernysh to Victor J. Zueco, property at 21 7 Bunce Rd., 


6 Thomas P. & Elizabeth B.G. Marino to Stephen Leining.Trustee of Middle Road Nomi- 
nee Realty Trust, property at 1885 North Main St., $270,000. 

20 John M.Trierwefler & Kevin T. Moran to Nicholas Henderson, property at 1435 
County Rd., $ 1 25,000. 

25 Robert G. & Ann M. Dean to Norman G. & Gillian R. Hettinger, property at 384 Bow 
Wow Rd., $285,000. 


2 1 Bruno B. & Olga M.Veronesi to Diane M. Shippa, property at 374 Miller Ave., 


20 Shirley Coons & Kenneth Roux to Jeffrey L Stoddard Jr. & Tracy M.Wilkinson, prop- 
erty at 275 Polikoff Rd., $55,000. 

28 Martin & Rosa Brunnschweiler to Louis T.Aragi & Louis TAragi, Jr., property at 1025 
Boardman St., $605,000. 

28 Martin & Rosa Brunnschweiler to Louis T.Aragi & Louis T.Aragi Jr., property at 
Boardman St., $ 1 60,000. 

29 Anna M. Leffingwell to William J. Bassett, property at 40 1 Polikoff Rd., $ 1 95,000. 

29 Neal Borovitz &Ann H.Appelbaum toAlina K. &Tishan Hsu, property at 399 Hewins 
St., $330,000. 


1 3 Stephen W Agar to Donald R. Roeder, property at 22 Park Lane, $2 1 7,200. 

20 Mark Pruhenski & Melissa Vansant to Stephen Stewart Browning, property at 55 

South Main St., $ 1 79,000. 
27 Agnes N. Salvan 2003 Revocable Trust to John P. Kemp & Angela Cardinali, property in 

Sheffield & New Marlborough, $3 1 0,000. 


3 Irving O. Slavid & Leslie Wolf to John P. & Diana R. Engel, property at 584 Silver St., 


1 8 Alarm at 224 Board- 
man St. 

20 Lost hiker on mountain 
behind Option Institute. 

25 Alarm at Sheffield 

30 Auto accident at 59 
County Rd./Hewins St. 

30 Mutual aid to New 

Marlborough Fire Dept. 


2 Auto accident, clean up 
fuel on Rt.7A. 

2 House fire at 554 Alum 
Hill Rd. 

3 CO detector at 1 2 

5 Washdown after auto 
accident at Silk's Variety, 

18 Mutual aid to Lakeville, 
CT, Fire Dept. 

19 Mutual aid to Sharon, 
CT, Fire Dept. 

26 Mutual aid standby in 
our station for Egre- 
mont Fire Dept. 


4 CO detector at 38 1 
Berkshire School Rd. 

5 Mutual aid to New 
Marlborough Fire Dept. 
for structure fire. 

5 Alarm at 1085 Board- 
man St. 

9 Fire alarm at Salisbury 

I I Mutual aid to Stock- 
bridge Fire Dept. 




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Recycling (p. 1 5) 


Sheffield Fair (p. 7) 


Dewey Hall Folk Series (p. 5) 


Historical Society talk (p. 6) 




Community music (p. 9) 




Recycling (p. 1 5) 



Chapter 6IA & B deadline (p. 14) 


Dewey Hall Folk Series (p. 5) 


Art show opening (p. 5) 


Church auction (p. 4) 


Pie contest (p. 3) 




Cultural Council grant deadline (p. 17) 


Disabilities talk (p. 1 6) 


Naturalist walk (p. 21) 




Deadline NOV./DEC. Sheffield Times 


Good Samaritan Fund benefit (p. 1 3) 



Dewey Hall Folk Series (p. 5) 





See also the listings for Music & More (p. 2), 

Library (p. 1 0), Bartholomew's Cobble (p. 1 9), 

Kiwanis (p. 20) 

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Building Inspector, Town Hall, 7am-1pm 

Building Inspector, Thurs. 11am-6pm 

Board of Selectmen, Town Hall, 7pm, 1 st , 3 rd 

Senior Center physical fitness, 9am 

Conservation Commission, Town Hall, 7pm, 

Third Thursday Luncheon, Senior Center, noon 

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* Hearing Testing available, Senior Center, 3 rd 

Board of Health, Town Hall, 6pm, 2 nd 

Breaking Bread Kitchen, Amerlican Legion 

Food Assistance Program, Old Parish Church, 

Hall, 5pm 



* Foof care clinic, Senior Center, 1 s ' 

Building Inspector, 11am-4pm 


Council on Aging, 9:30am, as needed 

Building Inspector, 7am-1pm 

Commission on Disabilities, Library, 3:30pm 3 rd 

Ashley Falls Historic District Commission, 

Farmers' Market, 2:30-6:30pm, Old Parish 

Town Hall, 6:30pm, 2 nd 

Church Parking Lot (through September) 

Senior Center physical fitness, 9am 


Children's Story Hour, Library, 10am 

Dewey Hall Folk Music Series, 8pm, 1 s ' 

Senior Center "Lawn Chair Movie, " 11:30am 

Senior Center Knitting Group, 11am, 3 rd 

Kiwanis Club, The Bhdge Restaurant, 6:30pm 



Men's Group, Old Parish, 7:45am, 2 nd 

Senior Center Knitting Group, 3pm, 1 s ' 

Planning Board, Town Hall, 7pm, 2 nd , 4 ,h (4 th 


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Community Newsletter for 

Sheffield & Ashley Falls, MA 

P.O. Box 1339 

Sheffield, MA 01257 









Saturdays at 4:30 p.m. 

sept 1 Bach's Musical Offering 

Free pre-concert talk, 3:30 p.m. 

Christopher Krueger, baroque flute 
Daniel Stepner, baroque violin 
Jane Starkman, baroque violin & viola 
Laura Jeppesen, viola da gamba 
John Gibbons, harpsichord 

Sept 8 

Daedalus String Quartet 

Mendelssohn, Perle and Dvorak 

Praised by The New Yorker as "a 
fresh and vital young participant in 
what is a golden age of American 
string quartets" 

m For lovers of world-class music and 

N lively literary chat. - Rural Intelligence 
. i ill \ ■ ■■■ " -'■ > 

! i \ At the historic Meeting House 
Rt. 57 in scenic 
New Marlborough, Ma 

sept 15 Boston Classical Trio 

Free pre-concert talk, 4 p.m. 

Susanna Ogata, violin; Guy Fishman, cello; 

Ian Watson, fortepiano 

Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert 

sept 22 Brahms Violin Sonatas and 

Free pre-concert talk, 3:30 p.m. 

Robert Levin, piano • Daniel Stepner, violin 

sept 29 Jazz, Latin, and World Fusion 

Vocalist Maria Rivas; Paul Green, Jewish/Jazz Project 
Wine tasting after the show 

Oct 6 Award-Winning Authors 

Mitchel Levitas of The New York Times 

with Liza Mundy, Andrew Nagorski, 
and Peter Cameron 


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Receptions with the artists after the performances • Art Gallery Shows through Sept. 23